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Reducing diabetes through YMCA

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Wayne Wallace is taking part in the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program. He is changing his diet, attending informational classes and working out. He has lost 7 percent of his body weight, which is one of his goals. Cycling and working out have been a big part of it.

This February, Wayne Wallace got a little help keeping his New Year’s resolution. Wallace, 64, had recently retired when his insurance company called to recommend he join a diabetes prevention program the YMCA of Greater New Orleans was starting. “It was a time when we all have those New Year’s resolutions in the… Continue reading →

Alzheimer’s Q&A, Sept. 29, 2014

Is there a link between getting concussions and developing Alzheimer’s? A concussion is traumatic brain injury that changes the way your brain functions. When the skull is jolted or impacted by a hard surface, the brain shifts, slamming against the skull, causing damage and swelling to the brain. If treated correctly, the brain will heal. If… Continue reading →

Health Calendar, Sept. 29, 2014

WHAT: Zombie Bash, a 5K run/walk WHEN: Friday, Oct. 3. The Creepy Crawler 1 miler starts at 6:30 p.m. and the 5K at 6:45 p.m. On-site registration and packet pickup starts at 5 p.m. WHERE: Brickyard South (across the street from the 13th Gate), 174 South Blvd., Baton Rouge REGISTRATION:… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, Sept. 29, 2014

How does HPV relate to cancer? Human Papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S. While there are many different strains of HPV, according to the National Cancer Institute, only 16 are considered high-risk and account for approximately 5 percent of all cancers worldwide. Virtually all cases of cervical cancer are caused… Continue reading →

Is DNA key to your diet?: New weight-loss concept tests DNA to tailor diet to metabolism

With its well-earned reputation for culinary — and other — excess, New Orleans seems an unlikely base for a cutting-edge weight-loss business. “Or,” said GenoVive founder Vic Castellon, “maybe that makes it the perfect place.” Or, maybe it doesn’t matter. Ever heard that some people stay trim because of good genes? Castellon’s company puts a… Continue reading →

Health Calendar, Sept. 22, 2014

WHAT: Two sessions for caring for those with Alzheimer’s — Care Training and Help for the Holidays. WHEN: Care session 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23; holidays session 2-3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26 WHERE: Home Instead Senior Care, 5055 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., Baton Rouge RESERVATIONS: (225) 819-8338 DETAILS: The free workshops are designed to… Continue reading →

Alzheimer’s Q&A, Sept. 22, 2014

What can I expect as my mom now experiences the later stages of Alzheimer’s? The later stage of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can be very distressing for you and your family, and a time you should enlist support from others, complete advance directives and make decisions on hospice and palliative care. Because each individual… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, Sept. 22, 2014

What can you tell me about Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma? Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is one of a group of cancers called lymphomas. Lymphoma is a general term for cancers that develop in the lymphatic system. Non-Hodgkin’s disease accounts for the majority of lymphomas and is subdivided into about 60 other subtypes. The two major subtypes of non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas… Continue reading →

Bales to speak at O’Brien breakfast

Susan Ford Bales

Susan Ford Bales was 25 years old, the baby of the family, when her father, former President Gerald Ford, and three older brothers — Steven, John and Michael — asked her to orchestrate an intervention with mom, Betty. The family had become alarmed with the former First Lady’s drinking, addiction to prescription drugs and erratic behavior.… Continue reading →

Health Calendar, Sept. 15, 2014

WHAT: Meeting of the Baton Rouge Area Parkinson’s Disease Group. WHEN: 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18. WHERE: Bluebonnet Regional Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd. DETAILS: Speaker will be physical therapist Philippe Veeters, of Dutch Physical Therapy.… Continue reading →

Alzheimer’s Q&A, Sept. 15, 2014

My friend’s dad has developed alcohol-related dementia that is caused by Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome. Can you tell me about this syndrome? Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome is a neurological disorder that is typically associated with chronic alcoholism, yet could also be associated with malnutrition, a B vitamin deficiency or other nutritional deficiencies. The syndrome is often under-reported and… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, Sept. 15, 2014

What is Hodgkin’s lymphoma? Hodgkin’s lymphoma, also known as Hodgkin’s disease, is one of a group of cancers called lymphomas. Lymphoma is a general term for cancers that develop in the lymphatic system. Hodgkin’s disease accounts for around 11 to 12 percent of lymphomas and is the most curable type of lymphoma. Other cancers… Continue reading →

Women! honors council’s 20 years

Holly Clegg

Women! A Week-Long Celebration marks the 20th year of the Women’s Council of Greater Baton Rouge on Friday, Sept. 19, with a celebratory luncheon and kickoff to the dozens of activities scheduled Sept. 19-28. At the luncheon, Holly Clegg, best-selling cookbook author, will speak on “Eating Healthy for Life: Secrets to Sizzle in Your Kitchen.” Doors… Continue reading →

Health Calendar, Sept. 8, 2014

WHAT: “Cooking Tips for Healthy Living” WHEN: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9 WHERE: Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, 5000 Hennessy Blvd., Baton Rouge, first-floor auditorium INFORMATION: (225) 765-8020. Registration not required. DETAILS: Free. Learn ways to decrease fat, sugar and sodium in your favorite recipes. Speaker is registered dietician Marcy… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, Sept. 8, 2014

What is gynecologic cancer? Gynecologic or gynecological cancer is actually a group of several different cancers. According to the National Cancer Institute, a gynecological cancer is any cancer of the female reproductive tract. Gynecological cancers include: cervical cancer, endometrial cancer, fallopian tube cancer, gestational trophoblastic tumor, ovarian epithelial cancer, ovarian germ cell tumor, ovarian… Continue reading →

Alzheimer’s Q&A, Sept. 8, 2014

Does vitamin E assist in slowing down cognitive decline? No treatment will delay, prevent or cure Alzheimer’s disease. Vitamin E is an antioxidant. Antioxidants may protect brain cells and other body tissues from certain kinds of chemical wear and tear. In the January issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers announced results… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, Sept. 1, 2014

My brother was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer but is not on any treatment regimen other than what is considered “watchful waiting.” What exactly is that? According to the National Cancer Institute, “watchful waiting” is closely monitoring a patient’s condition but withholding treatment until symptoms appear or change. Watchful waiting can also be… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A, Sept. 1, 2014

If I suspect I have some kind of memory impairment, possibly Alzheimer’s disease, what kind of evaluation or assessments should I expect when I visit my physician? An early and accurate diagnosis can ensure you get appropriate treatment and care, and that you can access educational resources and support. The first step is to make… Continue reading →

Health Calendar, Aug. 25. 2014

WHAT: Seminar on youngsters’ health WHEN: Noon Tuesday, Aug. 26 WHERE: Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge DETAILS: Pediatrician Dr. Chirine Turk will give tips on how to treat insect bites, sunscreen use, fever, allergies and asthma. Refreshments will be served. WHAT: “Cracking the Weight Loss Code” with… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A, Aug. 25, 2014

What is normal pressure hydrocephalus? Hydrocephalus is a condition in which the cerebrospinal fluid that encases and cushions the brain doesn’t absorb again into the bloodstream as it should. This causes the ventricles to enlarge, which, in turn, causes more pressure on the brain. The enlargement compresses brain… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, Aug. 25, 2014

What are some different types of complementary therapies? According to the National Library of Medicine, “Complementary and alternative medicine is the term for medical products and practices that are not part of standard care.” When these therapies are performed at the same time as standard treatments as prescribed by doctors and… Continue reading →

Bone marrow donors needed

Advocate staff photo by KYLE PEVETO -- Sally-Ann Roberts, an anchor at WWL-TV in New Orleans, says more bone marrow donors are needed nationwide. Roberts gave life-saving bone marrow to her sister, Good Morning America's Robin Roberts.

Learning that she could help save the life of her sister was one of Sally-Ann Roberts’ proudest moments. Her sister, Good Morning America co-host and television personality Robin Roberts, needed a bone marrow transplant in 2012. Luckily, Sally-Ann Roberts was a match. “It was the most exhilarating, rewarding experience of my life,” said Sally-Ann Roberts,… Continue reading →

Health Calendar, Aug. 18, 2014

WHAT: Group meeting of the Sarcoidosis Awareness Support Group of Greater Baton Rouge WHEN: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20. Deadline to register is Monday, Aug. 18. WHERE: Ochsner Health Center, 9001 Summa Ave., Baton Rouge, fourth-floor conference room. REGISTRATION/INFO: (225) 773-0985 WHAT: High blood pressure lecture WHEN: Noon… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A, Aug. 18, 2014

Does a urinary tract infection (UTI) cause changes in behavior or personality in someone with Alzheimer’s? Yes, if an individual with Alzheimer’s or dementia suddenly and without reason exhibits sudden changes in his/her behavior such as agitation, confusion, hallucinations or withdrawal, it might be caused by a UTI. The individual might not have the ability to… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, Aug. 18, 2014

What are some tips for improving my memory now that I’m finished with my chemotherapy? Memory and concentration problems can begin soon after treatment ends, or they may not appear until much later. If a person is older, it can be hard to tell whether these changes in memory and concentration are a result of treatment… Continue reading →

Start your day with a workout and burn up more calories

They are shadowy figures moving in the dark while other people are sleeping. And they are everywhere — in parks, on the streets, even in stairwells. If you are one of those who rises before dawn to burn calories, these are your people.
Dorothy Mann is a full-time mother of three small children, ages 2, 3 and 5. She… Continue reading →

Health Calendar, Aug. 11, 2014

WHAT: Alzheimer’s Services’ Lunch-N-Learn program on “Complicated Grief,” presented by social worker Karen Girardot WHEN: Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13 WHERE: Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, 3772 North Blvd., Baton Rouge REGISTER: Free, but registration required online at DETAILS: Lunch-N-Learn is an opportunity for caregivers and healthcare professionals to be… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, Aug. 11, 2014

I’m worried about coping with pain during my cancer treatment. What should I know? While cancer patients can experience many different types of pain related to both their disease and the treatment, the important thing to remember is that the pain can be managed. Pain can be caused from a tumor that is pressing on bones,… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A, Aug. 11, 2014

Is there a link between Alzheimer’s disease and oral hygiene? A study by the University of Central Lancashire School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2013 revealed that people with poor oral hygiene or gum disease may be at a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. It validates a previous U.S. study in which researchers reported that… Continue reading →

Health Calendar, Aug. 4, 2014

WHAT: SPOKES (Support for Parents Of Kids with Epilepsy and Seizures) support group meeting WHEN: 6-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11 WHERE: Baton Rouge Rehab Hospital, 8595 United Plaza Blvd., conference room 2 DETAILS: Kelli Whitaker, physician’s assistant, will speak about effective ways to track seizures in order to better communicate with physicians. The group… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, Aug. 4, 2014

Why does food taste differently now that I’m getting treated for cancer? Changes in the way food tastes is a common side effect of many cancer treatments, including chemotherapy and radiation. There are several things that might help with this. You can rinse your mouth with baking soda and water, or lemon juice and… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A, Aug. 4, 2014

My mom passed away six months ago from Huntington’s disease. What information can you provide about this disease and should I get tested? Huntington’s disease, a cause of dementia like Alzheimer’s, is a neurodegenerative genetic disorder that leads to cognitive decline, psychiatric problems and affects muscle coordination. The disease was formerly named Huntington’s chorea because it… Continue reading →

Health Calendar, July 28, 2014

WHAT: Diabetes and Foot Care with Dr. Alex J. Davis, a podiatrists WHEN: Noon Wednesday, July 30. Registration starts at 11 a.m. LOCATION: Lake House Reception Center, 12323 Old Hammond Highway, Baton Rouge RESERVATIONS: Call (866) 220-0418 or by visit… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A, July 28, 2014

My father has had Alzheimer’s disease for about six years and lately I have noticed he is experiencing more falls and loss of balance. Is this a part of the disease process? According to the National Institute of Health, one out of three adults aged 65 and older falls each year. And, more… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, July 28 2014

How can you tell if a cancer cure that is advertised is real or not? A cancer diagnosis can be a frightening thing, and it is true that many of the treatments can also inspire fear. In many cases, patients and their families might look for alternative treatments. However, it is unfortunate that there… Continue reading →